The National Trust owns and runs the Bath Assembly Rooms – one of Bath’s finest Georgian buildings. As such, they’re open to view on a daily basis – when not booked for private functions. Entry to The Assembly Rooms is free. The Assembly Rooms were a focus in the 18th Century for music, dancing, playing cards, conversation, drinking tea and general social intercourse. The magnificent Octagon, Ball Room, Tea Room and Card Rooms all played central roles in these activities. The Assembly Rooms building is also home to the Fashion Museum, this having separate opening times and admission charges.
Friendly family pub with canal side beer garden and restaurant. Hearty Sunday lunches.
The first letter sent with a stamp was sent from Bath. The Bath Postal Museum illustrates how Bath influenced and developed the 18th Century Postal System. It’s not just the story of the Penny Post that’s on offer though – you can find out about written communication across the ages.
While the current building of Bath Abbey dates from 1499, it’s built over earlier Christian churches that date back over a thousand years. Impressive as that may be, the story of Christianity in Bath dates back even further.
Bath’s internationally acclaimed Museum of Costume is now re-branded as The Fashion Museum. With contemporary selections including the work of designers like Alexander McQueen, Mary Quant, Giorgio Armani and John Galliano the new name reflects the fact that the museum details costume and fashion from the late 16th Century right up to the present day.